An advanced degree – such as an MBA – can help launch your career in strategy or propel you towards one of the more highly coveted roles in this dynamic and exciting profession. Whatever stage you’re at in your career, MBA Discovery can help you explore your study options and find an MBA program that aligns with your goals.

Get ready to grow your career in strategy

With entry-level positions attracting salaries of around $100,000 per year and more senior positions offering around $165,000, a career in strategy can be as lucrative as it is rewarding.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your strategy career, studying for an MBA will give you a well-rounded set of core business skills, including those related to strategy. A deeper knowledge of strategic management theory, leadership and communication skills, critical thinking capabilities and networking experience are just some of the other skills you’ll come away with – all of which can help you stand out when applying for roles in the field.

Studying an MBA: strategy course offerings

Each of our MBA Discovery partner universities offers a core unit focusing on strategy, allowing you to learn the skills required for your chosen career.

Southern Cross University’s MBA Strategy and Case Analysis core unit teaches you how to:

  • explore the world of strategy within business environments via case studies
  • learn about international strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • understand how to manage strategic change and the practice of strategy

Victoria University’s MBA Strategic Human Resource Management core unit teaches you how to:

  • examine the extent to which human resource management is strategic to organisational success
  • focus on strategic international human resource management
  • assess factors influencing managerial and employee choice in relation to the different strategies

James Cook University’s MBA Corporate Strategy core unit teaches you how to:

  • understand the primary decisions, tools and concepts of corporate strategy
  • evaluate decision-making strategies using tools and concepts of corporate strategy
  • plan and conduct business to generate solutions to complex problems in global contexts

RMIT’s MBA Strategy core unit teaches you how to:

  • apply business concepts to construct a strategic plan for a business
  • create a sustainable competitive strategy for an ongoing business entity
  • use design thinking to facilitate organisational decision-making and problem-solving

Our featured online MBAs

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SCU Online MBA

One of Australia’s top-value MBAs

  • Two years (part-time)
  • Choose from four specialisations
  • Entry without bachelor's degree available
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VU Online MBA

In the top three per cent of universities worldwide

  • Two years (part-time)
  • Four layers of dedicated support
  • Entry without bachelor's degree available
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JCU Online MBA Global

Times Higher Education’s top 25 in Australia

  • Two years (part-time)
  • Three qualifications in one
  • Entry without bachelor's degree available
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RMIT Online’s MBA is the new MBA for the future

  • Two years (part-time)
  • Three qualifications in one
  • Entry without bachelor's degree available
  • Tailor your degree through minors

Understand the strategic management process and more with an MBA

With an MBA, strategic planning, strategic management, business and corporate strategy – and all the associated tools and concepts – will be examined in detail. These basics will provide a foundation to delve into more specialised strategy areas, such as innovation strategy, global strategy and change management.

Study for an MBA in strategy online

The MBA courses offered by MBA Discovery’s university partners give you the essential business skills and knowledge you need to thrive in a strategic role. These online courses offer you the same respected qualifications as on-campus programs, with the convenience and flexibility to set your own pace and study from home. While it’s generally recommended you allocate 15-20 hours per week for each unit of study, you’re already ahead on time with no commute to factor into your day.

Studying online doesn’t mean you’re on your own, either. MBA Discovery’s university partners want you to succeed with online learning, encouraging connection and offering ongoing support.

Common MBA FAQs

We’ve addressed some frequently asked questions below. You can also visit our blog for up-to-date articles, guides and career insights.

What are the best strategy MBA programs?

The best strategy-focused MBA hinges on your professional ambitions and personal circumstances. The top strategy-focused MBA courses offer units that delve into strategic management principles, equipping students with the decision-making tools they need for a career in strategy.

Is strategic human resource management taught in an MBA course?

Yes, you will find some MBAs offer a strategic HR management course, like Victoria University, which devotes an entire core unit to this subject. Strategic human resource management involves aligning HR practices with overarching strategic objectives – and is a key focus for any organisation operating in a global context.

Where can I find an MBA course with strategy units?

Online MBA courses available through MBA Discovery’s university partners provide all the skills you expect from a general MBA, plus the strategic skills that can open up new professional opportunities.

Will I learn strategic planning as part of an MBA?

Each MBA Discovery partner university offers a core unit focusing on strategy. You’ll also learn a range of other skills to complement your strategic planning and thinking, including leadership to business management, risk management and leveraging the power of data.

How much do MBA strategy programs cost?

Fees will vary between institutions. An MBA’s total price is based on the cost of each unit. Here is a breakdown of associated costs per university. Always check the individual program to confirm details.

James Cook University — $44,400 ($3700 per unit).
Victoria University — $43,800 ($3650 per unit).
Southern Cross University —$38,880 ($2990 per unit).
RMIT University — $72,960 ($4560 per unit).

Becoming an MBA student

Do you feel a mix of excitement and apprehension as you contemplate the idea of becoming an MBA student? You’re not alone. It’s common to experience an array of emotions. Rest assured that we’re here to guide you through the entire process and equip you for a successful journey ahead.

Course eligibility

Each university has its own MBA course criteria. As a general rule you will need a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field like finance, economics or business. Some universities may also consider applicants from different academic and work experience backgrounds if they demonstrate strong interest or experience in business and strategy.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

If you have academic or professional qualifications in strategy, you may qualify for credits or exemptions for specific strategy-focused units or modules. Certain universities provide opportunities for advanced standing or recognition of prior learning (RPL), effectively shortening the duration of your MBA program.

We’ll help you find the right path forward

Reach out to us now, and let our Student Enrolment Advisors help you find the ideal MBA program that suits your budget and aligns with your strategy career goals – no matter how far along (or not) you are on your career path.

Speak to a Student Enrolment Advisor

Whether you’re ready to enrol, or just have a quick question, simply fill out the enquiry form below to speak directly to the university’s enrolment team. They will be able to guide you through:

Course eligibility and recognition of prior learning

Course structure and what you will study

Next intakes and how to apply

Fees and time commitments